The picture is from the Instagram account of the Mrs. Nugent. In the comments alongside the picture, one can read the following bon mots:
carole51Maybe he'll run for president!
zackwelch_hooknkrooksPlease run for President. Save us from this tyranny.
keiththetazmanRun for prez Ted! America needs you
These comments about running for President may have been prompted by the following passage that the CBS story says appeared in the Washington Post (although the link to the Post article does not work and I could not find the interview on the Post's website). The pull quote from the article is this:
Hi, I’m Ted Nugent. I have nine children from seven women, and I’m running for president.” Nugent takes a sip of water, having delivered his potential slogan. “Yeah, I’m thinking about it.”
I think Mr. Nugent is giving a sarcastic response to the question and is not seriously thinking about running for President. From the response, it appears that Mr. Nugent understandably thinks that voters who share his conservative views might not be enamored with some of the lifestyle choices he made as a young rock star. On the other hand, I suppose having that many children could be interpreted as being pro-life.
Can a person without experience in politics, i.e., never a member of the House of Representatives or Senate, cabinet member, Vice-President, or governor of a state, get elected President? By my count it has happened three times and not since 1956: Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, and Dwight Eisenhower. Each of these men came to national prominence by being a general in a war won by the United States. That seems like an important distinction. On the other hand, I doubt any of the generals could play a blistering guitar solo like Mr. Nugent.
What do you think Mr. Torvik? Is Mr. Nugent being sarcastic? Can a non-politician be elected president in the 21st Century? What is the tyranny from which Mr. Nugent is uniquely qualified to save us? Whatever it is, why can't Mr. Nugent save us without being President? After all, the Beatles saved Pepperland without become the Prime Ministers of Great Britain.